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Most of the time when I’m at Jurong East, I hang around Westgate and JEM. Sometimes IMM and J Cube. I seldom crossed over to Big Box. Because it seemed to me that the only thing to do at Big Box was to shop for groceries. Which I would rather do at the supermarket near my home.
But when we were invited to visit My Little Giant indoor playground at Big Box, we discovered that Big Box packed a whole load of fun into… ermmm… A Big Box called ‘Play Box’.
Unlike most indoor playgrounds that occupy a proper storefront, My Little Giant was housed in a section of Big Box that you may think was part of the supermarket next door. It reminded me of the AEON malls I visited in Johor Bahru, where they often had an indoor playground within the AEON department stores.
Actually I think it’s a bit undermining to classify My Little Giant as an indoor playground, because My Little Giant was SO MUCH MORE than that! The active play area, or so-called indoor playground, was just one part of My Little Giant. I will share more about the other areas of My Little Giant, but let’s just start with the active play area since that’s where the kids dashed right into once we arrived.
The kids were tagged before they could enter. The tag served two purpose – to help the staff identify and contact each kid’s parent (they wrote my handphone number on my kids’ tags) and for re-entry purpose. Yup, My Little Giant offered UNLIMITED PLAYTIME and ALLOWED RE-ENTRY. So as long as the kids kept their tags on, they could run in and out of the playground throughout the entire day!
While the kids were being tagged, I looked around for lockers and found plenty by the side. They were not free, because I suspect the days of free lockers are long gone. Each locker cost $1 for single use. Meaning once you open it, you need to pay $1 to use it again.
Once we entered the playground, the first thing we were greeted with was an empty space for kids to ride little cars around. Which was awesome – when it was NOT crowded.
During peak hours, the space would be filled with running kids and moving cars and giant bouncing balls – which can be pretty chaotic.
There were also see-saws and rocking horses for younger children.
Running parallel to this space were two HUGE ball pits! The first ball pit had a little machine to blow the balls up – nothing to really shout about. But for younger toddlers, this ball pit would be safer for them.
Because at the next ball pit, this was where children would be sliding down at full speed into from the steepest slide in the playground.
This slide was super steep and fast!
They had a crew stationed at the top of the slide to pace the kids so that they didn’t keep crashing into each other.
If you find this slide too steep for your child, no worries. The play area at My Little Giant was a slides galore. There were many other smaller slides.
There was another pretty tall slide that was enclosed and spiraled all the way down. I suspected this slide was slower than the first slide.
Why do I think this slide was slower? Because MF could actually stop at the see-through section and say Hi to me.
The play area at My Little Giant was pretty big, and there were all the typical indoor playground elements like tunnels, obstacles and bridges.
While we were there, MY told me that to go upstairs, I had to go through the rocket. Initially I was like, ermmm.. No no no, no rocket please. Not after the rocket at Polliwogs @ East Point Mall where I would probably have broken my back if I had tried to maneuver through.
But I decided to peek in anyway and realised the interior of this rocket was slightly different from the Polliwogs’ one. Their steps were slightly more adult-friendly.
We also found a trampoline. My boys love trampoline!
And so do I! Because trampolines are awesome for tiring my energizer bunnies out.
We moved up to the second storey and found this section with these U-shaped stuff that I have never seen before. Wasn’t too sure how they were meant to be played. But I guess that’s the fun part? Just let the kids exercise their creativity and play it however they wanted.
There were also air blaster guns. With soft toys hanging from the top for the kids to aim at.
And the greatest novelty of all was the little train that ran around the play area on the highest storey. After visiting so many indoor playgrounds, I always get super excited when I see something that I haven’t seen before. And I have never seen a train INSIDE the active play zone before! It would have been the highlight – if not for the fact that it was not working. Zzz… Apparently they fix the train everyday only to find it manhandled by kids and break down again. Maybe they should station a crew at this train, just like how they stationed a crew at the slide? To teach kids how to play with it properly? I thought it was such a pity for it to lay there broken when it could have been something really fun and unique.
On top of the active play area, My Little Giant also had two rides: A Carousel and a train. These rides were located OUTSIDE of the active play area. Which means that you DO NOT need to pay the indoor playground admission to access the rides.
You can pay for the ride ala-carte at $4 per child per ride, or get a package deal with the indoor playground (which I would explain later).
The train was easy to miss because it was located outside the shopping mall in the foyer.
My boys were super amused by the Monopoly decorations in the middle. They have been pretty into Monopoly since World Monopoly Day.
Kinetic Sand Play
Also outside the active play area, there was a kinetic sand play table. Speaking of which, I must say that I think that octopus sand play table is super cool. How awesome would it be to have one of those in my home! But wait, I only have two kids. Why would I need an octopus with 8 seats. Never mind…
Just like the rides, you DO NOT need to pay for the indoor playground admission to let your kids play there. It had a totally separate charge of:
- $5 for 15 min
- $8 for 30 min
- $15 for 60 min
Kids Game Entertainment Centre
Over at the kids game entertainment centre, there were plenty of games for children to test their various skills.
Again, you do not need to pay the indoor playground admission to play here. But you need to get a play card with credits before you can play the games.
There were two types of game cards available. If you do not already have a game card, you could purchase an orange coloured card which cost $12 and contained $10 game credit. Or you could get a blue coloured VIP card which cost $80 and contained $80 game credit. If you already have a game card, you can just top it up when it runs out of credit.
The games generally cost $1.80 with normal cards or $1.60 with VIP cards.
Beside the skilled games, there were also smaller rides – which cost $1.80 / $1.60 regardless of the number of kids sitting on them! Like this mini rocket ride could sit 4 kids and you only had to tap the card once and all 4 kids could go for a ride.
And this ride which my niece called ‘My Little Pony’ ride which could sit 3 kids.
Mini Excavator Machines
Over at My Little Giant, there were two of these mini excavator machines. They were located in the foyer, beside the Monopoly train. So you don’t have to pay indoor playground admission to play with them.
These excavator machines used the same game card as the one used for the kids game entertainment centre. It required $4 game credit per play. Which was much cheaper than Diggersite!
My Little Playground Play Rates:
Above was the play rate for the indoor playground section of My Little Giant. As I mentioned, you DO NOT need to pay this if you are going to the rides, the sand play, the kids entertainment centre or the mini excavators.
The play rates were for unlimited play time everyday. And re-entry was allowed. So you could go there in the morning, play, go out for lunch, go back to play, go out for dinner, go back to play. Because of this, I think the play rates are super reasonable – considering the size of the play area and for a full day of play!
However, I did feel there wasn’t much for young toddlers. I would recommend it for children who are old enough to handle active play.
If you want to let your kids play with the rides and at the kids games entertainment centre as well, then you should consider getting the package instead:
My Little Giant also has a super value-for-money ‘Giant Pass’ which is like a package deal for 6 visits & 6 rides. This pass can is shareable and transferrable! So you can share it among your kids or with your friends. Awesome.
My Little Giant was so much more than just an indoor playground. And they have a lot of potential to expand, because they had the one thing that most indoor playgrounds lack – SPACE.
The space that My Little Giant occupied was HUGE. They had the indoor playground area, the kids game entertainment centre and the foyer. If they wanted to, they could go on and add more play equipment – particularly some for toddlers which I felt was lacking.
I thought it would be great if My Little Giant’s activities could be a bit more streamlined. Say if I bought $50 of My Little Giant credit, it would be great if I had freedom in how I wanted to spend it – be it at the indoor play or on the rides or for sand play. It’s a bit like buying an Uncle Ringo card at River Hongbao and I could just go around and play games, play bouncy castles, take the rides etc. This would turn My Little Giant into a mini carnival and set it apart from the rest of the indoor playgrounds in Singapore.
My Little Giant is definitely worth a visit if you are in the Jurong East area. I had a feeling when I visited that they were still in the process of ironing things out and figuring out ways to improve. For e.g. I was told they were planning to bring in bigger lockers after customers feed-backed that their lockers were too small for diaper bags. (They did have shelves for diaper bags within the indoor play area though.) And I also saw some play equipment lying around that haven’t been opened. It would be exciting to see what My Little Giant would grow into in a year or two. Hopefully My Giant Giant? Hahahaha…. #LAME
Promotion (2 – 4 December)
Only for 3 days, head down to My Little Giant and when you purchase $50 of game credit, you will receive a FREE playpark entry (worth up to $25)!
The $50 game credit is valid for 30 days after purchase. So if your kid decides to spend the whole day inside the indoor play, no worries. You can come back another day within 30 days to use the game credits!
Looking for activities to keep your kids occupied this holidays? We are giving away a pair of play passes to 5 lucky readers to visit My Little Giant this holidays!
Each winner will be receiving 2 x admission to indoor play at My Little Giant and 2 x ride tickets. To stand a chance to win, simply lock in your entry with the app below:
Boost your chances of winning!
Want to have a higher chance of winning? You can boost your chances by the following ways:
- Log in once per day during the contest period and click on the first step to earn 1 bonus point each day.
- Share your referral link with your friends & family. The referral link can be shared not just through social media, you can also copy and paste it into email, whatsapp, SMS etc. As long as your friend or family click through your link and completes at least one step of the competition, you will receive 3 bonus points per successful referral. Which means the more people you successfully refer, the higher your chances of winning.
Terms & Conditions:
- Contest ends on 4 December 2016 at 2359 hours.
- Play passes must be redeemed by 31 December 2016.
- Winners will be required to pick up your play passes from My Little Giant personally.
Information on My Little Giant:
Address: Big Box Level 1, 1 Venture Avenue, Singapore 608521
Getting There: 5 min walk from Jurong East MRT (EW24 / NS1). From Jurong East MRT, follow the signs to JEM, and walk through JEM to find the link bridge to cross over the Big Box.
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Official Websites: Facebook Page
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